Gents: whither the perfect date spot?
A spot that impresses with food and ambience, but isn’t oppressively haute. Or hip. Or – quelle horreur! – overproduced. A spot that just gets out of your way.
That spot is Paper or Plastik. It’s in Pico Hauser. It’s one of LA’s lesser-known dining gems, and they’re now serving dinner.
By day, Paper or Plastik is a breezy sun-drenched room where writers pretend not to notice the long-fingered ladies conversing over farm-to-table fare.
By night, the exposed brick walls and junkyard chic furniture create a warm, almost-on-your-own-patio vibe.
The menu is by a former Campanile chef, and you’re going to want the burger — a grass-fed patty covered in melted Gruyère and a red onion marmalade so tasty you’ll forget to ask for ketchup.
The rest of the menu includes delicious market salads and a house-made pasta slathered in a cream and sage butter sauce.
The prix fixe menu ($29), offered Thursday-Saturday, changes weekly with items like beef carpaccio, lamb chops, steamed mussels in a green garlic broth and blood orange panna cotta.
And a succinct list of terroir-driven wines and craft beers will make you feel right cozy.
Which is how you want to be.
Nota bene: PoP’s owners also run the dance studio in the back, and they have events like comedy shows and classical concerts (check the schedule).
Main image from Kelly Hu.